a⋅ga⋅pe[ah-gah-pey]/ɑˈgɑpeɪ,ˈɑgəˌpeɪ,ˈægə-/Show Spelled Pronunciation–noun, plural -pae; Translated charity meaning benevolent love. Its benevolence, however, is not shownby doing what the person loved desires but what the one who loves deems as needed by the one loved; (e.g., For God so loved [egapesen] the world that He gave . . . John 3:16). He gave not what man wanted, but what man needed as God perceived his need, namely His Son who brought forgiveness to man. God's love for man is His doing what He thinks best for man and not what man desires. It is God's willful direction toward man. But for man to show love to God, he must first appropriate God's agape, for only God has such an unselfish love.
-An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
W. E. Vine, 1940
4 Charitysuffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.